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By Stan Greene
Observer Staff Writer 

Ghostbusters Vehicle Under Repair at a Santa Monica Mechanic, Days Before Halloween

We're talking the Apocalypse! Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria

 

October 29, 2018

Ghostbusters vehicle parked at a mechanic in Santa Monica

As Santa Monica slides into the Halloween season, the Ghostbusters vehicle is alas, in the shop! Who you gonna call?

Seen at a mechanic in Santa Monica. The manager Jerry says that there are four or five famous cars parked at Sony. The Ghostbusters vehicle will be driven in a commercial this weekend by Dan Aykroyd so he is servicing it.

The movie's concept was inspired by Dan Aykroyd's fascination with the paranormal. Aykroyd conceived it as a vehicle for himself and his friend and fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus John Belushi.

The original story, as written by Aykroyd, was very different from what was eventually filmed. In the original version, a group of "Ghostsmashers" traveled through time, space, and other dimensions combating huge ghosts (of which the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man was one of many).

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American supernatural comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. It stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis as eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis co-star as a client and her neighbor, and Ernie Hudson as the Ghostbusters' first recruit.

Aykroyd conceived Ghostbusters as a project for himself and fellow Saturday Night Live alumnus John Belushi, with the "Ghostmashers" travelling through time and space. He and Ramis rewrote the script following Belushi's death and after Reitman deemed Aykroyd's initial vision financially impractical.

Ghostbusters was released in the United States on June 8, 1984. It received mainly positive reviews and grossed $242 million in the United States and more than $295 million worldwide. At the 57th Academy Awards, it was nominated for Best Visual Effects and Best Original Song (for the theme song). The American Film Institute ranked Ghostbusters 28th in its AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list of film comedies. In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

 

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